Springtime in Big Bear California

Big Bear is known as the best winter playground in Southern California, but it’s also the perfect place for a springtime getaway. Plan a romantic trip this spring, in either of our picture-perfect cabins, and check out our best ideas for how to enjoy the fresh mountain air after the snow melts.

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The expansive trail system in Big Bear offers hikes for any level. If you just want a peaceful walk through the scenic landscape, there are plenty of gentle nature trails to enjoy. You will also find more challenging hikes through the mountains to work up a sweat. Either way, springtime is the perfect season for Big Bear hiking.


Big Bear Lake’s 6 marinas open on April 1st, and with the opening comes fishing season. Consider a guided charter if you’re excited to benefit from expert advice, or fish on your own for rainbow trout, panfish, channel catfish, and largemouth bass.

Breakfast or Brunch

If you don’t want to cook breakfast in one of our fully equipped cabin kitchens, head into town to try one of the many breakfast, brunch, or coffee places in Big Bear.

Amangela’s Sandwich and Bagel House is known for their fresh, homemade bagels and sandwiches. For a slower paced breakfast, you will love the classic diner that is part of many families’ Big Bear vacation traditions: Grizzly Manor Cafe. As a local landmark and one of the most highly rated Big Bear restaurants, they are sure to deliver. The menu features classic American breakfast food like french toast, hash browns, or eggs, as well as massive pancakes that can barely be contained by the plates they are served on.

Kayaking and Canoeing

Rent a kayak or canoe to enjoy the sparkling lake with a peaceful boat ride. Rent one from any of the Big Bear Lake marinas, and enjoy exploring the lake, with a narrow craft that can get into the beautiful inlets that aren’t accessible any other way.

Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Mixing fun with education about sustainability and wildlife, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a great place to spend the day. It is one of two Alpine zoos in the United States, and specializes in rehab and release of local Alpine species. They also a permanent collection of animals in their zoo.


Enjoy the subtle romance of a bowling date, where flirting comes naturally in a competitive setting. The Bowling Barn is a local bowling alley offering drinks, comfort food, and lots of fun including bowling, arcade, and a laser maze.


There are many perfect places to bring a romantic picnic in Big Bear. Pack one to take along on your hike, or stop by one of Big Bear’s wonderful restaurants to grab some takeout and enjoy it with a view.

If you are not sure where to bring your food, check out this list of some of the best picnic spots in Big Bear.


Find the perfect photo op, or just stroll through the beautiful flowers at Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve or  Bluff Lake Reserve. Bluff Lake Reserve was the location of the original The Parent Trap movie, and is a breathtakingly beautiful location. With towering pines, a 20-acre lake, a meadow, and majestic outcrops of quartz monzonite, it’s a place you won’t want to miss. At Baldwin Lake, the Pebble Plains showcase small but mighty wildflowers, a rare habitat found only in Big Bear. May is the best time to view either of these beautiful preserves, but they are lovely all spring.

To book the perfect Airbnb for your springtime getaway, check out our luxury properties. We can’t wait to be a part of your special celebration.

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